Artist's rendering of the proposed Cowlitz Casino Resort.
The Cowlitz Tribe and the state of Washington reached a tentative Class III gaming compact. The agreement authorizes up to 3,000 electronic lottery terminals at two gaming facilities. But since the land-into-trust application for the Cowlitz Casino Resort remains under litigation, the tribe will be able to lease its machines to others until a final decision is reached. The Washington State Gambling Commission will hold a public hearing on the compact on May 8. Further revisions and negotiations are possible before it's sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review. "The proposed compact is substantively similar to existing compacts with other Indian tribes within the state," the commission said in a press release. The text of the compact is included in the press release. Get the Story:
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